While you were working...
April 16th, 2012
06:30 PM ET

While you were working...

Today's news you might've missed:

  • Nicki Minaj went through a very public breakup over the weekend, seemingly shutting down her Twitter account on Sunday after a fan site leaked some of her material. “Like seriously, it’s but so much a person can take. Good f*****g bye,” Minaj reportedly wrote as her (temporary?) farewell. She has always had a flair for the dramatic. [MTV]
  • As we would presume (or at least hope for), Jennifer Aniston doesn't give a crap about Brad Pitt's engagement to Angelina Jolie. And why should she? A) Their split was years ago; and B) If you haven't noticed, she's got a love life of her own. [E!]
  • The third time's the charm, but the fourth time deserves a tattoo: Kelsey Grammer now proudly sports the inked name of his fourth wife, Kayte Walsh, on his hip. [GossipCop]
  • William Levy's fans on "DWTS" typically pay the most attention to the anatomy between his hairline and his kneecaps, but said supporters are now concerned about his ankle injury, for which he's had to get an MRI. Stay tuned to Levy's Twitter account for updates. [William Levy's Twitter]
  • We really hope Drew Barrymore is pregnant and is just keeping it hush-hush, otherwise these "see her baby bump!" photos are super awkward. [Us Weekly]
  • Nope, Maggie Smith isn't leaving "Downton Abbey," despite reports to the contrary, says the studio. [NYT]
  • Kanye West's "Theraflu" is now "Way Too Cold," but still retains frenzy-inducing reference to his "friend" Kim Kardashian. [KanyeWest.com]
Lena Dunham: I don't look like people on TV
April 16th, 2012
06:06 PM ET

Lena Dunham: I don't look like people on TV

If the new HBO series "Girls" feels very realistic to you, that's not by accident.

The show's creator/director/star Lena Dunham didn't have to look far for material. The actress and "It" comedy girl of the moment sat down with CNN during SXSW and explained where she found the inspiration for her tales of a group of 20-somethings navigating life in the Big Apple.

"It's based on my life, it's based on the life of my friends, the life of my writing staff," she said. "It's sort of a hybrid of the experiences of many girls I know and love as they try to make their way in New York."

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Ellen Burstyn joins Sigourney Weaver series
April 16th, 2012
05:25 PM ET

Ellen Burstyn joins Sigourney Weaver series

USA Network’s forthcoming drama “Political Animals” just got a serious credibility boost.

Oscar winner Ellen Burstyn is on board for a role in the new series, according to a statement from the network.

Burstyn, who snagged the Academy Award for best actress in 1974 for her role in “Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore," will now portray star Sigourney Weaver’s mom.

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Bradley Cooper signs on for 'Elephant Man' play
April 16th, 2012
04:44 PM ET

Bradley Cooper signs on for 'Elephant Man' play

This summer, Bradley Cooper is going to go from Sexiest Man to “The Elephant Man."

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Cooper - who was tapped last year as People magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive - will transform himself into the gruesome character for the stage.

The production, which also stars Patricia Clarkson, will run from July 25 through August 5 at the Williamstown Theatre Festival.

“The Elephant Man” is about a severely deformed man named Joseph Merrick who became a famous figure in London society, and Cooper reportedly played the part as part of his senior thesis at the Actors Studio Drama School.

A 1980 film chronicling Merrick’s real-life story, starring John Hurt, Anthony Hopkins and Anne Bancroft, picked up eight Academy Award nominations - including one for best picture - following its release.

Ronnie Wood on Rolling Stones studio time: Not exactly
April 16th, 2012
04:43 PM ET

Ronnie Wood on Rolling Stones studio time: Not exactly

Ronnie Wood may need a side of fries to go with that crow he’s eating.

The Rolling Stones’ guitarist had to apologize to the band after he was quoted saying the Stones are preparing to go back into the studio later this month, reports Billboard.

Wood, who was inducted for the second time into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with his other band, The Faces, over the weekend, indicated that the legendary group would return to the studio "to just throw some ideas around" following a press conference for his "Faces, Time and Places" art exhibit last Monday.

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'Iron Man 3' will be co-produced in China
April 16th, 2012
04:04 PM ET

'Iron Man 3' will be co-produced in China

When it comes to cinema, the U.S. and China seem to be developing a shared vision.

This was further made evident by the Walt Disney Company's announcement Monday that it will co-produce and distribute “Iron Man 3" in China.

The newly-formed international partnership is between The Walt Disney Company China, Marvel Studios and DMG Entertainment of Beijing, according to a press release.

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